Cheltenham boss Mark Yates admitted the last-gasp 2-1 defeat by Gillingham was "a kick in the teeth".

The Robins were leading through Steve Elliott's first goal for the club until the 86th minute, when Cody McDonald headed Barry Fuller's cross against the bar and nodded the rebound into an empty net. And three minutes later McDonald completed a dramatic turnaround when he headed in Adebayo Akinfenwa's cross.

"We didn't deserve that, but that's the way it's going for us at the moment," said Yates.

"If they players continue to give me that level of effort and commitment in the last seven games I will be happy.

"It is a real kick in teeth, but sometimes that happens and we have to deal with it.


Victory moved the Gills back up to sixth, just two points outside the automatic promotion places.

Assistant boss Ian Hendon admitted they did not make life easy for themselves.

"My heart rate was raised slightly," he said. "We started slowly and we got punished with their goal.

"We finished the first half strongly for the last 10 or 15 minutes and I have to say we came out in the second half and dominated from start to finish

"If it wasn't for their goalkeeper we could have been six or seven."

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